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    Why Should I Settle That Case?

    Wednesday, December 18th, 2019
    Why You Should Settle your workers Compensation Case

    The employee claims an accidental injury and that he reported it to his supervisor. The supervisor denies or doesn’t recall having received the claimed report. The case is denied. The employee seeks his own medical care and is recommended to have surgery. The employee tells the employer of that recommendation and asks that the employer provide the recommended treatment. The employer declines to do so. The employee has the surgery and files an Application for Adjustment of Claim. The employee didn’t report the accidental injury and had unauthorized treatment, so why should the employer consider a settlement?


    Anticipatory Termination of TTD Benefits

    Thursday, October 3rd, 2019

    Indiana Code 22-3-3-7 states:  

    “Once begun, temporary total disability benefits may not be terminated by the employer unless:” 

    1. employee has returned to work, 
    2. employee has died, 
    3. employee has refused a medical examination or suitable employment, 
    4. employee has received 500 weeks of TTD or the maximum compensation, 
    5. employee is unable/unavailable for work for reasons unrelated to the injury.  
    Anticipatory Termination of TTD Benefits

    “In all other cases, the employer must notify the employee in writing of the employer’s intent to terminate the payment of temporary total disability benefits * * * on a form approved by the board.” 

    Form 38911 is the form approved by the Board and the TTD may not terminate until four days after Form 38911 has been mailed.  


    Indiana EDI 3.1 Workers Compensation Reporting

    Thursday, August 15th, 2019

    EDI 3.1

    How are you doing with EDI 3.1?  Indiana is one of the first States to implement this reporting format.  Our Indiana Worker’s Compensation Board has tried to limit the information requested and some States ask for even more detail.  If you have any questions or issues with EDI 3.1, please feel free to contact the Indiana Worker’s Compensation Board (David Babcock or Jake Forte) for assistance.  The start date for possible statutory penalties is December 1, 2019.


    Kids Chance of Indiana Annual Golf Outing

    Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

    Linda Peterson Hamilton, Chairman
    402 West Washington Street, Room W196
    Indianapolis, Indiana 46204-2753
    Telephone: (317) 232-3808

    What happens when a child loses a parent to a work-related fatality? What happens when that family’s main source of income ends to their children’s educational opportunities and aspirations?

    Kids Chance of Indiana (KCIN) is a non-profit that provides college and vocational scholarships to eligible children of Indiana workers who were totally disabled or fatally injured due to a work-related accident. Established in 1996, KCIN has awarded over 125 scholarships totaling more than $280,000.00, averaging approximately $2,400.00 per student.

    But there is so much more we could achieve. KCIN would like to increase the number of scholarships awarded each year and raise the average amount awarded to $5,000.00, thereby further reducing our students unmet needs. It would take an additional $30,000 to $50,000 annually which, with the generosity of potential corporate partners and donors like you, we believe we can realize.

    Please consider supporting KCIN as a corporate sponsor or by participating in our golf outing, which is our primary annual fundraiser. Click Read More for additional information regarding that event and sponsorships.

    Further if you have a referral or knowledge of a child impacted by a fatal or totally disabling injury of a parent from an Indiana work accident please let me know so we can reach out to them. You can additional information on our website, https://www.kidschancein.org.

    Thank you for your consideration and if you interested in sponsoring or have any questions regarding this worthy organization please contact Darren Dye at [email protected] or (317) 233-3394.

    Darren Dye
    Vice-President Kids’ Chance of Indiana


    Indiana Worker’s Compensation Board Members

    Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

    The Indiana Worker’s Compensation Board is made up of seven persons appointed by the Governor of Indiana.  The seven persons must be Indiana attorneys in good standing and are referred to as members of the Board. One of the members is designated as the chairman of the Board and is primarily responsible for the administration of the Board’s activities.  The remaining six members are assigned to the six Statewide hearing districts and are primarily responsible for the adjudication of compensation disputes in those districts. All seven members constitute the full Worker’s Compensation Board for the purpose of appeals from hearing member awards.

    There have been some recent changes in Board members.  Doug Meagher has been appointed to District 5. (This is member Meagher’s second appointment to the Board.)  Kyle Samons has been appointed to District 6. Sandra O’Brien has been appointed to District 1. All three appointees have substantial experience regarding worker’s compensation law and procedure and are excellent additions to the Board.

    Nurse Case Manager Guidelines

    Friday, December 21st, 2018

    The Indiana Worker’s Compensation Board website contains guidelines regarding the role of a nurse case manager (NCM) in Indiana worker’s compensation cases.  If you use a NCM in the administration of a worker’s compensation claim, you should be sure that your NCM is aware of and is in compliance with these guidelines in the course of delivering NCM services to your injured employee.